Lebanon council discusses recycling

Jake Old • Mar 20, 2017 at 8:11 PM

The Lebanon City Council discussed in a work session Monday evening whether the city should expand its pilot recycle pickup program.

Jeff Baines, commissioner of Public Works, said that the program makes a little bit of money right now, but if more people are added to the program, the city will have to hire a new employee or continue to pay current employees overtime.

Councilor Chris Crowell said the city should think about the future when considering the issue, and he noted that it costs the city less per ton to carry out recycled items compared to hauling trash to the landfill in Murfreesboro.

However, there is a fee of $15 for recycling pickup, and most people would prefer to avoid the fee and not recycle, Baines said.

The city advertised the recycling service, and will continue to do so until the program is discontinued.

The council determined they should vote Tuesday to determine whether the program should be extended until the end of June, when the fiscal year will end. At that time, the council will determine what is next for the program.

Councilor Joey Carmack suggested the city put stickers on trash cans to let more people know that the program is available, and that it saves the city money and helps the environment.

Several other items were discussed at the meeting, which served as a preliminary discussion for all items on the agenda for the Tuesday regular council meeting.

Councilor Fred Burton proposed a resolution to require developers to meet with residents living within 100 feet of any proposed development when a rezoning is request for the proposed development.

The mayor and council will vote on items discussed Monday during Tuesday’s regular council meeting at 6 p.m. in the town meeting hall. 

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